On a recent trip to Paris, C. and I dined in a truly exceptional restaurant. We were so enthralled with our dining experience that we decided to include it in our Top 5 restaurants of all time. This list includes unique dining experiences such as a shojin ryori (vegetarian Buddhist cuisine) restaurant in Tokyo and a small hidden-away gem in Modica, Sicily. So making our Top 5 says something about this place.
Vivant, a fairly recent addition to the restaurant scene in Paris has had us intrigued. Located in the 10th arrondissement not far from the Canal St. Martin, an up-and-coming area of Paris,this little restaurant has started making a name for itself. The fact that it was located next door to the hotel C. and I chose to stay in was an added bonus ... no late-night taxis, no walking down rain sopped streets, just a quick stroll to our room next door. Fantastique!
I have to admit that I have dined at Dishoom a few times. You could say that it has been tried and tested. The first time was with a group of friends after seeing a play in the West End. The buzz of the place and the round table right by the window looking out onto a busy London street certainly added to the ambiance and the general good feeling of the evening.
Not everyone was keen to share so I only sampled one dish. I figured I had to go back a second time.
A little Japanese cafe opened recently in my neighbourhood. Finally! It used to be a kids' cafe and play area, and then it closed for almost a year. I waited and pondered what would take its place. Oh surprise! Almost tentatively, a cute little café opened its doors. I say this because I walked past it a few times without even noticing…
Brunswick House is an odd duck. First, there is the matter of its location. Right on the busy Vauxhall roundabout, this out-of-place house stands on its own. Then, there is the matter of the premises itself. Nestled in the midst of quirky antiques and one-of-a-kind objects, the restaurant appears as if out of a dream. Mismatched tables and chairs, hanging objects from the ceiling, and a narrow stage at the back, all create an impression of bohemian decadence and controlled chaos. But do not fear, it is all part of the experience.